Following receipt of a valid application and fee we’ll respond as soon as we have received key consultation responses that take about three weeks from request to receipt. So we’ll try to provide a written response to more complex issues as soon as possible but this is likely to take about 28 days but in more straightforward cases we should be able to respond in 21 days unless we are awaiting for information from specialist consultees.
What we will do
If we do not have enough information to answer your enquiry then we will write to you by letter or email setting out what information we need. If appropriate the Planning Case Officer will contact you to discuss whether a meeting may be required (please note: the Development Manager has the right to decline a request for a meeting to provide pre-application advice where it is not considered either appropriate or necessary).
The Planning Case Officer will undertake research in advance of the meeting, and carry out an unaccompanied site visit if necessary.
At the meeting the Officer will:
- Identify information necessary to make the application valid;
- Provide information on relevant policies and planning requirements;
- Identify areas which will require specialist input or advice;
- Provide advice on planning obligation requirements, including possible S106 heads of terms;
- Provide advice on estimated timescales to process the application.
- The provision of a written summary of the advice given to you at the meeting by the Planning Case Officer is included in the fee. If further advice and/or meetings are required, additional fees will be payable on a ‘per meeting’ basis as set out in the scale of charges.
What this service cannot provide
This service cannot provide any guarantee that a proposed development will receive planning permission.
The Planning Service have the right to decline a request for pre-application advice where it is not considered appropriate or necessary.
Any advice given by Council Officers for pre-application enquiries will be based solely on the information provided by you, or that which we can assess from our own resources (unless you have bpaid for a site visit). Therefore the Council accepts no liability should this information be inaccurate or misleading and it does not indicate any formal decision by the Council as Local Planning Authority.
Any views or opinions are given in good faith, and to the best of ability, without prejudice to the formal consideration of any planning application.
The result of any application you may subsequently make, can only be taken after the Council has consulted local people, statutory consultees and any other interested parties. The final decision on an application will then be made by senior officers or by the council's Planning Committee and will be based on all the information available at that time.
Enquirers should be aware that any documents submitted to the Council and any notes made may be the subject of disclosure to third parties upon request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. If you consider the proposal to be confidential you should explain why.